Pick Your Own Berry Farm

Field spring 2020
Season: Memorial Day - 4th of July weekend

Open daylight til dark 7 days a week

$10/gallon

Operates on the honor's system, pay for what you pick

Blueberry variety includes Tifblue, Premier, Climax, & Brightwell

About the Berry Farm

Our farm began in 1992 when Bill and his dad planted 520 blueberry plants in six rows out in the old corn patch.  The varieties we planted were Tifblue, Permier, and Climax.  A few years later, we added another 80 Brightwell plants near the end of the field by the log cabin.  We then added four rows of muscadine grapes and a grove of mayhaw trees.  This past fall, 2019) we planted fig trees, pomegranates, olives, pears, grapefruit, blood orange and persimmon.  We'll see how that turns out.  Our largest and most popular crop, however, still remains the blueberries.

Over the years, we have developed a loyal customer base who return every year and bring their friends and families.  Last year we encountered a mother/daughter picking and inquired about whether this was their first time picking.  The child was about 4 years old and the mother said, "No, my mother brought me here when I was her (the child's) age."  Nothing like making memories.  We really enjoy meeting and talking to all the pickers as they come to pick.  Ya'll are some really great people.  We have an artesian well on the property that people bring their containers to fill with the pure artesian water that comes from the Abita Springs Aquifer which is 1580 feet deep and has a well head pressure of around 25 lbs.  This same water is piped into the field for irrigation and supplies the log cabin with its water.  You are welcome take some home with you if you care to.

When you arrive to pick, grab a bucket and a liner and head out to the field.  When you have filled a bucket, you have a gallon of blueberries.  Then just pull the bag out of the bucket, ties it up, and take it home with you.  The price per gallon in $10.00 and "that's a good deal pawpaw!"  We have a money box attached to the blueberry shed where you can leave the $10.00 per gallon for how ever many gallons you pick.  We operate on the honor's system and trust everyone to put the correct amount for what you pick. (This includes all those berries you and your kids eat while you are picking!)  If you choose to cheat us out of paying for the berries, it's your problem, not ours.  Karma works everything out.  If you leave a check, make it out to Bill or Karen Magee

The best times to pick are early in the morning before the sun is too high in the sky or later in the evening when the sun has dropped down behind the tree tops.  We are open from daylight til dark 7 days a week.  The general season is Memorial Day weekend through the Fourth of July.  The weather dictates the season so it may be earlier or later depending on the type of Spring we have had.  We may start experimenting with closing some times during the week to let the berries catch up getting ripe.  We will see how that works.  Call before you come if possible.

Its nice to have a wide brim had and breathable long sleeve shirts when picking.  Bug spray is also nice to have if the critters bother you too much.  Watch for the fire ants while picking.  Also keep an eye out for the occasional snake who may be crawling through the orchard.  They live here too but do not want to have an encounter with you any more that you do with them.  They are extremely rare but have been seen a time or two.

If you want to have enough berries on hand to last you through the year, we recommend that you pick 8-10 gallons and put them in the freezer.  Bill's favorite recipe for blueberries is the blueberry crostata.  Let me know if you are interested in trying it and I will send you the recipe.

We hope to see you when you come! Our pickers are some of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet.  "Salt of the earth" as I say.
Taking a trip to the farm and picking berries are two of the best remedies for cabin fever and you can even maintain your social distance out here.  Come visit!  Come to think of it, you should book the log cabin during the picking season and experience the farm and picking as though you lived here.  Nothing like fresh blueberries for breakfast.

After you read all of this, if you still have any questions, just give us a call or text us.

Bill 985-630-1916
Karen 985-630-1915